|Full name||Thomaz Soares da Silva|
|Date of birth||14 September 1921|
|Place of birth||São Gonçalo, Brazil|
|Date of death||8 February 2002(aged 80)|
|Place of death||Niterói, Brazil|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|1959||→ São Bento de Marília (loan)||9||(2)|
|1967||Vasco da Gama|
|1972||Vasco da Gama|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Thomaz Soares da Silva, also known as Zizinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ziˈzĩɲu]; 14 September 1921 – 8 February 2002), was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for the Brazil national football team. He came to international prominence at the 1950 World Cup, where he scored two goals. He was lauded as a complete player, with an array of offensive skills such as his dribbling, passing, and shooting ability with both feet, as well as his accuracy from dead ball situations and extraordinary vision. He was Pelé's idol, and is often considered one of the best Brazilian footballers of the pre-Pelé era.
Born at Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, he played for Flamengo, Bangu, São Paulo FC, Audax Italiano of Chile among others teams. He is considered the first idol of Flamengo, club that he defended - winning the state championships in 1942, 1943 and 1944 - until he was transferred just before the start of 1950 World Cup to Bangu. In São Paulo he won the state championship in 1957 being extremely important and becoming an idol.
In the 1950 World Cup he helped Brazil to progress to the final, but their surprise 2–1 defeat to Uruguay tarnished his reputation. Zizinho played a total of 53 times for his national team, scoring 30 goals. He turned down last minute invitations by the CBF to join first the 1954 World Cup Squad and then the 1958 squad, citing on both occasions that it would be unfair on the player being dropped at the last minute to make way for him.
- FIFA World Cup runner-up: 1950
- South American Championship: 1949
- Taça do Atlântico: 1956
- Roca Cup: 1945
- Copa Rio Branco: 1950
- Taça Oswaldo Cruz: 1955, 1956
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1950
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1950
- IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (4th place)
- IFFHS South American Player of the 20th Century (10th place)
- Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
- South American Championship / Copa América all-time top goalscorer: 17 goals (shared with Norberto Méndez)
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-  Fla-Estatística (in Portuguese)
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- "Estadao.com.br - Acervo". Acervo Estadão (in Brazilian Portuguese).
-  Arquivos do Futebol (in Portuguese)
-  História do Marília (in Portuguese)
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- "Obituary: Jair da Rosa Pinto". The Guardian. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
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- "World Cup 2014: Fifa announces Golden Ball shortlist". BBC Sport. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
- IFFHS' Century Elections Archived 7 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- FIFA.com (30 June 2011). "The Copa America in numbers". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.